James & The Giants – “Hall of Mirrors”
Slipping on a new name once again James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand, One Eleven Heavy) emerges today with a new record as James & The Giants. The new record takes a look back at Toth’s musical history, carving an album out of new songs and reinterpretations of older works. Along with a few friends and Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) in the producer’s chair, the album finds itself settled between Wooden Wand’s later works and the JJT solo record. First single “Hall of Mirrors” may be familiar to a few folks if you’ve been winding your way through Toth’s catalog all these years. It first appeared in a much more propulsive fashion among the pop trappings of Carlos The Second, a one off project that James put together in 2016. If you picked up the excellent Freedom of the Press compilation (and you should have) that came out on Kith & Kin in 2018, this version might sound a bit more familiar.
Shaped by Taveniere with swells of strings and layers of background vocals, it’s the most cinematic that Toth has sounded to date. The new, eponymous record is out June 30th from Kill Rock Stars. For more context, there’s also a really great interview with James over at Aquarium Drunkard.
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